Definition Of Justice On The Divided Line

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The Dual Multiplex of the Divided Line

Argument, in the conversational Platonic sense, is one possible way to come to accurate conclusions. In an argument, two or more opposing sides all present their evidence, and, upon deliberation, all sides come to a unanimous conclusion, which forms a thesis. In when more evidence is brought forward, the thesis is compared to the antithesis, and synthesis occurs through which a new, more refined thesis is created. In Plato’s Republic, this dialectical process is used to define Justice, first in the macroexample of a hypothetical perfect state, and then for the individual. When coming to to the definition of Justice, Socrates argues his points by finding apparent contradictions, and then resolving them
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One problem in fully understanding the argument for Justice is identifying where Justice is on the divided line. Since Plato’s definition of justice is defined by the abstractions of Quality and Order, it must be placed in part C of the divided line in the realm of abstract thought. The position of Justice in part C furthers Plato’s argument as to why a philosopher functioning by absolute reason should be in control of the society or person as a whole. Stepping down the divided line from one segment to another can be viewed as a derivation process, similar to the analogous mathematical principle. When viewed in a mathematical context, The eternal forms are the original function, f which, for the sake of illustration f=xx f=x2. This original equation, or the eternal form, is completely composed of abstract variables, with no quantifiable portions, as x could represent any and all representational or abstract numeration. As abstract thought is derived from the eternal forms, f, can be derived using the mathematical principle into 2x. As with the transition between the eternal forms and abstract thought, part of the equation is lost. Although one variable x, which is in itself an abstraction, still remains, there is the concrete 2 attached to it. As scientific observations are derived from the ideas, the equation 2x becomes simply 2. All changeable abstraction from the equation is gone, and only the concrete, observable and quantifiable value of 2 remains. This single measure can be used to describe physical phenomena, quantity, relative proportion, and other things that fall under scientific observation. When deceit is derived from observation, the function of Truth, f, becomes 0. Zero represents the complete absence of

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